Why Spring Hill wants it...
This Skate & Bike Park is a dedicated venue for the children and citizens of Spring Hill, Kansas. SHIFT has created a development committee for the Skate & Bike Park and currently have 6 members: Candy Schoenberger, Shawn Wilson, Cameron Powell, Justice Berry, Derek Buckridge & Jason Abel to push the progress! Our main purpose with adding this park to Spring Hill is to give not just the children but everyone a safe and fun place to go to for a good and wholesome time with the entire family!
The SHIFT program, which stands for Spring Hill Inspiration for Teens, was established to give Spring Hill teens a safe, understanding environment to spend time with peers and trained adults, to shape their future and their present, and to give them someone to talk to. SHIFT also encourages teens to open up through creative, fun ways to spend their free time, and this makes adding our new park to Spring Hill even more beneficial for the program and the community!
“It actually becomes a draw for your community if you have a good skatepark. Skaters want to come and try it. Never underestimate the power of a teenager to sway his or her parents’ travel plans!” -Patti Ferguson, City Administrator for Armstrong, BC
The entire campus will home a skateboard & bike park, a bike pump track, two full size basketball courts, two full size sand volleyball courts, paved path with workout stations and a graffiti wall. There are a few more amenities currently being discussed and will only come into play if the space of the soon to be approved plot allows. As a team we have spotted and surveyed multiple locations to place the park in Spring Hill, the one location receiving the most attention from the park committee and the city council members, is the plot near the Spring Hill Aquatic Center.
The entirety of the park will offer entertainment for all ages from grown adults through teens, youths and even small children. This park is being made possible by the input and contributions of not just the Spring Hill community but from many different parts of Johnson County and beyond! With over 1000 signatures on our petition in the first month and a half of petitioning we have been stoked to see how much the community wants this awesome park to come to fruition!
This is the rough plan for the general layout of the skate and bike park in the location near the aquatic center. There will be access sidewalks and roads from the nearby neighborhoods making it very easy for the community to use the park. The surrounding paved walking and jogging path will have multiple fitness stations (blue dots) spread throughout.
Inside of the path will be the skate and bike park which will be in ground and constructed of concrete. Across the plot we will find the dirt built and community constructed bicycle pump tracks. These pump tracks will allow bikers from beginner to intermediate. Located between the to main attractions will be basketball and sand volleyball courts, approximately two of each. The plans also include a park shelter, trash removal services, restrooms and a graffiti wall.
“The whole skatepark experience has been a wonder to skaters and non-skaters alike. Senior citizens marvel at the athleticism and imaginations of the skaters, and skaters have a new respect for how a small- town village government can work if patience and fortitude are applied.” -David Snider, Councilman, Somerset, Oh
The Park Details...
We hope to grow the connection amongst people in our community by adding this progressive park to Spring Hill. This growth in the community will bring more tourism and could easily lead to events that will contribute to economic growth for Spring Hill as well! We’ll soon be seeking grants and donations from the citizens from of Spring Hill, surrounding areas other large contributors that will have honorable mentions!
- Skatepark Estimated Size, 12,000 Square Foot
- Full Size and Mini Pump Tracks Approximate Area, 37,500 Square Foot
- Basketball Courts Estimated Size, 6,300 Square Foot
- Sand Volleyball Approximate Size Total, 5,600 Square Foot
- Public Shelter Estimated Area, 1,600 Square Foot
- Sidewalks and Path Estimated Area of 1.5 Mile (To Be Determined)
- Fitness/Agility Stations Equipment Estimate, 9 Stations
- Public Seasonal Restrooms Upkeep
- Maintenance, Trash Services & Lawn Care
- Graffiti Wall Size, 200 Square Foot/ 4 Foot Tall (To Be Determined)
- Benches & Public Seating (To Be Determined)
The Skate & Bike Park committee is looking to raise a total of $500,000 for the development and construction of the park. Contact SHIFT if you would like more information on contributions, donations or grants for this park plaza!
Skateparks help create the need for quality skateboard shops. This helps bring new jobs and tax revenue to the community.
Skateparks help create new skateboard teaching and instructional job.
A professionally designed skatepark will attract out-of-town visitors to spend money within the community.
A public skatepark makes the community appear to be invested in the youth and active lifestyles. This will attract new residents to your community.
How it helps the Community...
COMMUNITY GATHERING PLACES HELP BUILD SOCIAL SKILLS: As our world becomes increasingly overwhelmed by television, video games and internet browsing – kids are spending a lot less time on face-to-face interaction with their peers. How are kids expected to grow and develop the skills they will need in the real world if they spend all day sitting in front of a screen? Engaging outdoor environments such as a skateparks are great places for kids to interact with one another and build vital social and interpersonal.
SKATEBOARDING HAS POSITIVE EFFECTS ON MENTAL HEALTH: Skateboarding is a unique activity because it combines extreme physical exertion with precise muscle coordination and balance. The complexity of performing tricks on a skateboard improves brain function at a fundamental level and stimulates new cell growth in the brain.
SKATEBOARDING PROMOTES HEALTHY AND ACTIVE LIFESTYLES: Arguably the most important reason for participating in action sports is the fact that it keeps you healthy and physically fit. Finding an activity that gets kids off the couch and keeps them in shape is vital for the youth of this nation, especially in this time of a national health crisis.
SKATEPARKS REDUCE CRIMINAL BEHAVIOR: The officer said in a letter to Skate Park organizers, which was read at a meeting of the Driffield Town Council policy and finance committee: “Since the skate park opened there has been a noticeable drop in calls to youths causing annoyance and related matters. I would fully support this facility being made into an all weather, all year round resource.
SKATEPARKS ATTRACT TOURISM: A professionally- designed and well-maintained skatepark can bring new life into your community. When you take the time and effort to create a unique facility, the economic rewards can be felt almost immediately. Word travels fast in the skateboarding world and with a new showpiece to offer, skateboarders and their families will flock to your community and spend their vacation dollars.
The majority of skateboarding injuries happen outside skateparks. The most common injuries are falls due to surface irregularities and collisions with motor vehicles or pedestrians. Skateboarding is going to happen whether skateparks exist or not, so the best way to keep youth safe is to provide them access to safe, designated spaces to pursue their activity. “If a city doesn’t have a skate park, it is a skatepark.”
The myth surrounding skateparks is that they are a breeding ground for crime and other illicit activities. Research out of the University of North Carolina found that skateboarding is among the activities that might help keep children out of trouble.Reduction in Crime since the Skate Park was installed: From 2003 to 2008, crime has dropped in the immediate area around the park, which has historically been a very high crime area of the city. Since 2003 drug related incidents have dropped 60.9%, violent crime has dropped 29.3% and overall incidents have dropped 22.8%. Further, calls for service have dropped 23.0%.
“The park is not intended to be an economic-development tool, though it has proven to be a draw for other cities. Stan Robinson, chairman of Recreation District No. 3 in St. Mary Parish, said his district’s skate park, built in November, has been a worthwhile venture.“I can’t tell you how many times a parent has said to me that it’s the best taxpayer money they’ve spent,” he said. Nearby businesses, he said, are seeing their sales increase from visitors to the park. “We are already planning to expand it,” he said.